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The Secret Sauce..your favourite Star Wars Themes

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Eldarion, Oct 14, 2017.

  1. Eldarion

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    Now's a good time to celebrate and admit the fact that Star Wars is complete utter garbage without the outstanding work of John Williams inhabiting it at a molecular level and a mystical one. The music Williams created for Star Wars gives it its life and explodes it from bad comic book adaptation into sweeping grand scale cinema and storytelling.

    Would we have loved Star Wars had it been soundtracked by a 1970s version of futuristic techno music? No. We wouldn't.

    Here's my list top of my head.
    Subject to constant change

    Star Wars main theme and can make me cry in the cinema watching a new film so is obviously king so I'm leaving it out.

    My picks.

    Yodas theme
    The Jedi steps
    Rey's theme
    Leias theme
    Force theme/Obi wans theme
    Jedi steps
    Binary sunset
    Ewoks Parade
    Imperial march/Vaders theme
    Duel of the fates

    Throw yours in. You'll probably have to research a bit but I have to as well.
     
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    One of my personal favorites is in Return of the Jedi, when Lando and Ackbar prepare to enter Hyperspace on the way to the Death Star II. It pumps me up so much.

    Tie Fighter Attack also. As soon as I hear it, I have to sing along like Peter does in Blue Harvest.

    Finally, in Revenge of the Sith, when Grievous approaches and lands on Utapau. Every time the General walks into a room, he emits badassery.
     
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    My personal favorites are: Rey's Theme / The Scavenger,
    Binary sunset,
    Imperial March,
    The Kylo Ren snippets in the opening theme of TFA / kylo arrives at the battle.
    Anakin vs Obi-Wan.
    The Empire theme in Rogue One has really grown on me since the release. I think it is called "Imperial Suite" or something like that.
     
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    The first time I heard Rey's theme I couldn't stop smiling. I always felt it had a Christmas-y feel to it, so it evokes a lot of good memories. That might be my favorite overall piece.

    Other favorites include:

    Leia's Theme
    Han Solo and The Princess
    The Jedi Steps
    The Throne Room
    That little Kylo signature BUM BUM BUM BUM... BUM (horrible I know) but I love it.
    The City in the Clouds
    Anakin vs. Obi-Wan
     
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    Haha, first I love when Peter hums that. Family Guy can be a little too silly sometimes, but they nailed it with that joke- everybody does it at least once! :p

    Also, never thought I'd find someone who liked that Grievous song as much as I do.

    Mine would probably be-

    Original Trilogy- The Asteroid Field (or Rebel Blockade Runner, or the song that plays when Luke goes ham on Vader on the DSII)
    PT- The Droid Invasion (or Across the Stars, or that Grievous song)
    ST- Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle
    Spinoffs- Your Father Would Be Proud (Also, quickly becoming my all time favorite, actually)
     
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    I love the aforementioned Grievous track, too.

    Some other honorable mentions...Not themes as much as motifs:

    1. The Kamino motif. Plays at 0:20 here, and a couple other points in the movie:



    2. Pretty much all the dramatic choir music from Revenge of the Sith. Whether it's Anakin's Betrayal (Order 66), Anakin's Dark Deeds (Anakin Killing Separatists), Battle of the Heroes, or Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious, it's all undeniably awesome.

    3. The Jedi Steps. Seriously. Beginning at 0:48. It just rocks.



    3. I always had a special affinity for the Luke and Leia theme, too

     
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    Awesome thread! Great themes.....I must add my most favorite fanfare in all the movies. (..and there are a lot of great fanfares).....

    Krennic's arrival on Scarif......at the 20 second mark and then the brass kicks in at 28 seconds. Just incredibly powerful!!! THAT is how you ARRIVE!!!!

     
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    I will never, ever, discredit the amazing work that Williams did for Star Wars. That IS Star Wars. Every soundtrack, irrespective of the movie, is full of stunning themes and motifs, but I'd like to just use this thread as Lock_S_Foils did above, to offer some praise to those who followed in his astounding footsteps. Because I think Joel McNeely's 'Beggar's Canyon Chase' and 'Xisor's Theme' (and by extension, 'Night Skies'; featuring a beautiful tapestry of Xisor's Theme, the Imperial March and Obi Wan's The Force theme in one gorgeous interwoven piece of brooding emotional bombast - What's not to love?) from Shadows of the Empire, along with and especially Michael Giacchino's 'Your Father Would Be Proud' (which I think is one of the finest pieces ever composed in all of Star Wars) are all examples of exemplary composition that belong in the pantheon of the finest Star Wars music that truly elevate the majesty of the franchise.

    They may not be Williams but they're part of why I absolutely love Star Wars.
     
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    Were you high when you wrote this? Don't be offended, I'm just trying to figure out what made you write this sentence on a STAR WARS FORUM.

    In what universe is techno music the only alternative to John Williams?
    Everyone loves him, but you could show your appreciation without disregarding the work of everyone else involved.

    Anyway, here are my picks, in no particular order:

    The Imperial March
    Across the Stars
    Rey's Theme
    The Abduction
     
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    You guys have the themes covered, everyone of them.
     
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    Across the Stars is one of my favourite pieces of music period. Jyn Erso & Hope Suite is ace, as is Yoda & the Younglings, Victory Celebration, Leia's Theme, Rey's Theme, Binary Sunset...
     
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    Perfect list. But I can add:

    - The Droid Invasion and The Appearance of Darth Maul (TPM)
    - Cantina Band (ANH)
    - The Throne Room and End Title (ANH)
    - The Asteroid Field (TESB)
    - The Forest Battle (ROTJ)
    - The Emperor (ROTJ)
    - March of the Resistence (TFA)
    - Torn Apart (TFA)
    - Kylo's Theme (TFA).
     
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    John Williams is awesome! He is Star Wars! He brings it to life! I have to admit though, his scores in the ST have not been great. OT scores were amazing, PT scores even better.........ST scores meh.
     
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    The love theme from ESB, each and every different arrangement, forever and ever.
     
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    Love theme! Definitely!!!

    I actually made a video on how John William's writes his Star Wars themes here:
     
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    Well, I Wouldn’t Say It’s Garbage Without John Williams’s Music, But I Do Love His Music, So Here’s My Top 10:
    10: The Clone Wars Theme
    9: Gungan Celebration
    8: Ewoks Celebration
    7: Ceremony Theme (ANH)
    6: End Credits Theme
    5: CIS Theme
    4: Mandalorian Theme
    3: Main Theme
    2: The Imperial March
    1: Duel Of The Fates
     
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    @Gechoman44 Awesome list....concur with all !!! Duel of the Fates is amazing.....listen to this rendition by the Danish National Orchestra in June 2017. It starts at 16:39....The performance was orchestrated by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra with help from the 'Camerata' and 'Hymnia' choirs.

     
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    Thanks...now I my brain wants to slot time to re-score ANH with EDM and trance-ambient music.
    lol

    Damn you!

    Cheers,
    Jayson
     
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